Vukusic has no specific mandate at AmaZulu

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New AmaZulu FC coach Jozef Vukusic has not been given any specific mandates for the new season. Instead the club want him to prove that the players he has at his disposal are good  enough to cut it at Absa Premiership level and silence those doubters that believe Usuthu do not have a squad that is capable at the top level.

This is according to the General Manager of the Durban club, Lunga Sokhela. Slovak coach Vukusic was last week appointed to replace Cavin Johnson at the league’s bottom club and AmaZulu FC GM says that for now, the wish was for the new man to settle in quickly.

Johnson was axed last Monday following a difficult start to the 2019/20 campaign when the club failed to win any of their opening five games.

They lost to Bidvest Wits, Polokwane City and Highlands Park and also drew with Orlando Pirates and Lamontville Golden Arrows.

That prompted the club to act and replace him with former Polokwane City coach Vukusic, who will be assisted by ex-Usuthu striker, Mabhuti Khenyeza.

Sokhela admitted that results were what ultimately forced them to act, saying that those who pump money into the club want to see some sort of return.

Vukusic signed a three-year deal to lead the King Zwelithini Stadium-based club and Sokhela insisted that it was not all about results for the club.

He says that they want to see some gradual improvements overall, from the way they played, to the way that young players are integrated into the system.

Sokhela conceded that although the coach ultimately is the man that shouldered the responsibility of results, all those employed by the club have a responsibility to change around their fortunes. – Report by Thahir Asmal